Clemens Crossing Cougar Comments

February 23, 2018 - VOLUME 39, ISSUE 21

Events Coming Up

For a complete list of dates and events or to subscribe to the CCES Calendar,


  • 24 - Roller Skate Night at Supreme Sports Club, 4:30 p.m.
  • 28 - In-School Banking, 9:00 a.m.


  • 1 - National Women's History Month Begins
  • 2 - Read Across America Day & Dr. Seuss Spirit Day
  • 2 - International Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • 5 - Kindergarten Registration Begins Daily 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 6 - Kindergarten Registration Evening Hours #1, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • 7 - Interim Progress Reports Issued
  • 8 - Kindergarten Registration Evening Hours #2, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • 9 - Career Day (Grades 3-5)
  • 14 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • 15 - Family Math Night, 6:30 p.m.
  • 21 - World Down Syndrome Day
  • 22 - Boy's Night Out
  • 23 - Grade 1 Field Trip to Toby's Dinner Theater
  • 27 - Grade 4 Art Field Trip
  • 28 - In-School Banking
  • 30 - Schools Closed (State mandated holiday)


  • 2 - Schools Closed (State mandated holiday)
  • 3 - Schools Closed
  • 4 - Schools Reopen - Inclement Weather Make-up Day #1
  • 5 - Schools are Open - Inclement Weather Make-up Day #2
  • 6 - Schools are Open - Inclement Weather Make-up Day #3
  • 12 - Kindergarten Field Trip to B&O Museum Baltimore
  • 13 - End of Third Quarter - Early Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.
  • 17 - PTA Restaurant Night - Chipotle in Fulton
  • 18 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • 23 - Report Cards Issued
  • 25 - In-School Banking

From School Administration

As our minds and hearts continue to process the recent news of school violence, we want to take a moment to remind each of you how very appreciative we are of the loving care and guidance you give your children each day to help them feel heard, valued, nurtured and safe.

It is normal for students and staff to feel uneasy, anxious or upset after a tragedy of this magnitude. Therefore, we are sure to identify any student or staff member showing signs of distress and encourage them to consider speaking to our counselor, Mrs. Rogers.

We have had a few parents reach out to discuss our individual school emergency response plan. We do have a plan in place and practice drills for staff and students to practice how to respond. Our first goal is to keep all of our students safe and happy at school. In doing so, we create an environment they can better learn. We plan on sharing information about our emergency plan at our next PTA meeting on March 14 at
7:00 p.m.

As you discuss these difficult topics with your children, we wanted to provide you with some resources from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) that you may find helpful. Linked below, please find documents which have age-specific guidance for parents:

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Staff Spotlight - Mrs. Greenlee

Mrs. Hallie Greenlee is our Staff Spotlight for this week. This is Mrs. Greenlee's third year at Clemens Crossing ES and ninth year as a teacher. She taught at Guilford ES and Hollifield Station ES before coming to Clemens Crossing. She is currently a fifth-grade teacher.

Mrs. Greelee attended the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore Law School before earning her teaching certification from Loyola University in Maryland.

Outside of school, Mrs. Greenlee enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys reading, watching movies, crossfit, and anything Disney related. She lives in Ellicott City with her husband and two children, Lucas and Lilly.

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CCES International Night

CCES International Night is around the corner! Do not miss this fun-filled night on March 2nd starting at 6:30pm in the gym. This is a great opportunity to experience other cultures in our CCES family. For the first hour, families will get a chance to visit different country tables, taste food from around the world, get henna tattoos, and do crafts. Starting at 7:30 pm in the cafeteria, there will be an Indian Bhangra dance performance and workshop by JHU's Blue Jay Bhangra. This year, we are excited to have tables representing Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cameroon, China, Denmark, Germany, Guam, India, Ireland, Mexico, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Romania, Spain and Taiwan! If you would still like to help with this event, sign up through this link: Feel to send any questions to or Thank you to everyone that has signed up! We look forward to a wonderful cultural evening!

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G/T Summer Institutes provide interested students with advanced-level instruction and enrichment experiences not regularly available during the academic school year. The curriculum is focused on talent development and provides academically and artistically rigorous activities. Teaching strategies represent best practices in the fields of gifted and talented and arts education.

The full catalog is below.

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Kindergarten & New First Grade Registration Starts March 5

Kindergarten Registration begins Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 9 at
Clemens Crossing Elementary School. Children who will be five years old as of September 1, 2018 must enroll in Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year.

Registration will take place daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
There will be two Evening Registrations available on Tuesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

You will need to bring the following documents:

  1. Birth certificate, birth registration or passport.
  2. Current immunization record - must be a print out from the pediatrician and signed.
  3. Deed or lease to your home
  4. Current utility bill
  5. Photo ID of parent/guardian registering the student

Please visit the Howard County Public School System website for complete information about enrollment and registration.

PLEASE NOTE: Families in the River's Edge neighborhood will need to go to Pointers Run Elementary School to register for Kindergarten.

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Science Fair 2018

Your child is invited to participate in this year’s Science Fair on Monday, May 21 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. during the Clemens Crossing Elementary School Showcase. The Showcase will highlight the remarkable things our extraordinary students have done this year at Clemens Crossing Elementary School. The Science Fair, GT Enrichment Fair, PTA Reflections, and Classroom Displays are all part of the annual showcase.

If your child is interested in doing a Science Fair Collection, Investigation, or Invention at home, please download the attachments below or visit the Clemens Crossing Elementary School website to download documents for one of the three different types of science fair projects. Students may work individually or in groups. Once your child has identified a project, please complete the online form titled, “Intent to Participate.” That form is also included below. Students who elect to participate will have their name read on the morning announcements and their name printed and hung on a hallway wall display. Directions on where and when to bring in the projects will be shared individually with participants and in future Cougar Comments and by email correspondences. We are excited to highlight the commitment shown and the hard work done by the CCES students this year. Many thanks for all of your support at home and in the building this year.

Types of Science Fair Projects

· Students in Kindergarten, First, or Second Grade may submit a Science Collection.

Students will collect and organize something of interest answering questions related to observations made while exploring their world.

· Students in any grade may conduct a Science Investigation to answer a question/problem. Students will use The Scientific Method to learn the systematic approach to solving a problem.

· Students in any grade may submit a Science Invention. Students will use the engineering design process to create an invention that will solve a problem or answer a question.

Siblings During Lunch, Recess, and Classroom Visitation

We strive to be a welcoming place for parents and visitors. At the same time, we have to maintain a safe environment conducive to learning.

While we do allow siblings to accompany parents during lunch, we do not recommend that. Younger children should be closely monitored by the parent at all times, and they should not interfere with the operations of the lunch shift.

Siblings are not permitted at recess or in the classrooms.

Animals on School System Property Including Arrival and Dismissal

The Office of Safety, Environment, and Risk Management informed all schools about the restriction of animals on school property. Animals in schools or offices, leashed or not, present safety, environmental, and liability issues. Students and staff may be exposed to potential physical hazards, such as bites, and/or allergy-related health problems. As a result, animals are prohibited within HCPSS buildings. Animals are also prohibited on school system property during arrival, dismissal, recess or other HCPSS sponsored outdoor activities.
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Our next In-School Banking date for the school year is February 28 between 9:00-9:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria.

Students can start banking at any time during the year. Please find information on our website if you would like to open an account. In addition, the In-School Banking form is required to open an account with First National Bank.

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Turn In Box Tops for Education

Clemens Crossing receives cash for your Box Tops! Remember to cut them out and send them in with your child. Each grade level has a collection bin -- the more Box Tops your grade brings in, the more cash your child's class receives! Box Tops are collected all year-round.
The next shipment will go out in late February, however, please continue to send them in for the remainder of the year for the next shipment.

Questions? Contact Angela Stark,

PTA Skate Night at Columbia Skate Arena at Supreme Sports Club

Saturday, Feb. 24th, 4:30pm

7080 Deepage Drive

Columbia, MD

HCPSS Community News and Programs on the HCPSS website

Announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

Note: The Public Information Office encourages all community organizations to distribute notices electronically through this online resource. However, organizations may choose to distribute printed documents, such as the 2018 Parent Guide, through student backpacks, etc. per the provisions of HCPSS Policy 10010. For more information, please refer to Distribution Guidelines for Schools. Contact the Public Information Office with any questions, at 410-313-6682 or

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